Driver's License Suspensions
The system-wide practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid debt dramatically impacts the economic wellbeing of the individual, household, and community. Research also shows Kansans of color and those experiencing poverty are more likely to have their driver’s license suspended, and, on average, their suspensions last longer. Kansas is one of many states that perpetuates the cycle of poverty with a license-for-payment system. It is bad public policy, and it's past time for reform. Check out our work with Kansas Legal Services to to end driver's license suspensions for unpaid fines or fees.
Medicaid expansion could save the Kansas Department of Corrections ~$11 million. Cost savings would result from Medicaid covering the costs of inpatient hospital stays exceeding 24 hours for incarcerated individuals; expanded coverage for mental health and substance abuse services; and expanded coverage reaching newly-released individuals, addressing mental health and substance abuse concerns, as well as general health care needs, reducing recidivism.
Though Kansas Appleseed is a statewide advocacy organization, when a jail expansion was proposed in our headquarters' own backyard, we couldn't sit back. We knew a jail expansion wouldn't address the problems in our criminal justice system. Read more about our advocacy against the Douglas County jail expansion and for, instead, increased restoratives practices, alternatives to incarceration, and community-based programs.